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What Anchor Text Link to request for my General Niche Topic?

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11:22 am on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

Thanks for taking the time to read. I wish to seek help from this forum. Thus, I figured it'd be good to be honest and detailed so I'd get the best help. :) Any help would be appreciated, greatly.
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Right now, I'm stuck in a difficult position. I would like to have a wordpress.org blog that covers all aspects of Sports. (Basketball, Tennis, Rugby, etc)

e.g. of domain: (www.example.com) <-- Not my domain.
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I don't intend to do sub domains for my sports,

e.g. basketball.example.com <-- Don't intend to.

I'll be putting each sports into categories.

e.g.
www.example.com/category/Basketball
www.example.com/category/Tennis
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However, I am thinking, would I have any problem when I exchange links with sites about Basketball or Tennis?

What should I request from them?

Basketball sites:
Should I ask for a Anchor Link Text: Basketball linking back to "www.example.com/category/Basketball"?

Tennis sites:
Similiarly, Should I ask for an Anchor Link Text: Tennis linking back to "www.example.com/category/Tennis"?
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From what i'll be doing above, it'll only try to increase page rank for those category:

www.example.com/category/Basketball
www.example.com/category/Tennis

Am I right or wrong to say that?

Will it increase my page rank for:

www.example.com?

OR.. I should just request them for a General anchor text link: "Sports" to my main domain?

www.example.com?
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PS: I heard if Google detects you have too much DIFFERENT anchor texts linking to you, Google might think you are spamming UNRELATED links.

Sorry and thanks once again for reading this lengthy post. Any help would be appreciated, greatly.

Feel free to clarify any doubts of my explanation, thanks. :D

Regards,
freezay

[edited by: encyclo at 11:55 am (utc) on Oct. 18, 2007]
[edit reason] switched to example.com [/edit]

11:59 am on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks encyclo for the switch. Didn't know it violated the rules.

Sorry.

12:09 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Keep it simple www.example.com/Tennis rather than www.example.com/category/Tennis. If anchor text is tennis then like to tennis not home page, do whats best for users.

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2:32 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the reply.

Quote: "do whats best for users."

Nice. I suppose the saying goes, "Do it for the users, not the search engines" :)

Oh good tip.

If i were to have an anchor text link to www.example.com/Tennis, it would score a "point" from Google.

Would my main domain: www.example.com score a "point" too since it's the same domain name?

Thanks once again for the reply daveVk. Oh, and the welcome. :)

1:17 am on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Would my main domain: www.example.com score a "point" too since it's the same domain name?

A fraction of a point as all pages I assumable link back to main page, don't know if same domain comes into equation.

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Ah, what u say makes sense.

Thanks :)

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Personally, I'd ask for links to your basketball section from basketball related sites, tennis section from tennis sites, etc and I wouldn't bother specifying link text.

Link text is important in ranking for your target terms, but having 99.99% of inbound links to a given page use "basketball shoes" or "tennis bracelets" just isn't natural. If it's a throw-away domain, go for it, but if it's a site you want to continue to rank well six years from now, let the other webmaster use the language they think fits best.

Specify link text for the rare gems - the best links, but let the rest flow naturally.